For a glossary of terms you might come across during this process, please click here.
Sadly, many people suffer domestic violence without seeking help. Many more are abused, whether financially, emotionally or psychologically, without even realising that it is happening.
Could any of the above apply to you? Are you afraid of your partner? Are you constantly looking over your shoulder or walking on eggshells?
Non-Molestation Orders to protect you from a partner or family member
Whether you are married or unmarried, if you are suffering any form of abuse at the hands of your partner you should consider applying to the Court for a ‘Non-Molestation Order’.
A broad range of protections can be put in place. For example, you may be able to get your partner barred from entering the home you share or going to your place of work. You may even be able to prevent your partner from contacting you by any means.
The Court takes these orders very seriously and people can be arrested for breaching them.
Non-Molestation Order to protect children from a parent
Is your partner abusing your children?
You can also obtain a Non-Molestation Order to protect children, for example by preventing the abusive parent contacting your children or going to their school. Often these types of applications are combined with applications under the Children Act 1989 to prevent the other parent taking the child from your care (a Prohibited Steps Order).
(Click here to read more about children matters and Prohibited Steps Orders.)
The aim of an Occupation Order is to prevent the abusing party from coming into the survivor’s home, even if they have a legal right to live there. It can also be used to divide up a property and establish who uses which rooms at what time of day.
The bottom line is that the law provides a range of options to help and protect those suffering from domestic abuse or violence. If you feel that you or your children are in an abusive or controlling relationship, please contact us to discuss your situation so we can help you find the best solution.